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Looking for Artists interested in Public Art Projects

There is funding available for public art — Don’t Miss Out!

Public Art Worksheet is due February 10.

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 19!

The NWMAC is looking for artists who are interested in pursuing a public art project this Spring/Summer/Fall of 2021. By expressing your interest in being added to our list, you are indicating that you have time and availability to undertake a public art project. Once we have created a list of interested artists, we will share and promote your interest to cities, businesses, and schools. If the entity interested in working with you is a for-profit business, then the artist will need to be the applicant for the grant. If the entity is a city, school, county, or nonprofit, then the organization will be the applicant. While the grant deadline will be in March or April, you must complete this worksheet by February 19 to be eligible. Please note that graphic art signs are not the intent of this program nor is advertising for the business with their logo.

Creating art in public spaces requires a different skill set than creating art for private commissions. It requires the artist to work with city, the community, or the neighborhood in collaboration to determine subject matter, look, and timeline. The artist needs to recognize and adhere to zoning and building codes. The artist also needs to be transparent at times with a whole committee of people related to design and installation and lighting requirements for public safety. Often it requires working at a large scale and understanding whether your art can handle our extreme weather. It can be very rewarding and fun! 

The worksheet is available here:

Please download, fill out and email back to us!

Daily World Fest

World Fest — Connecting Midwestern communities to international musicians to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. 

Daily World Fest

Get creative with daily activities inspired by Arts Midwest’s World Fest Artists. Sign up for free emails here, and they’ll send you quick 1-5 minute at-home daily activity prompts each weekday in February, including:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Language Lessons
  • Dances
  • Easy At-Home Music Tutorials

Sign Up

Activities are perfect for elementary and middle school students, but are fun for all ages. It’s free to sign up and there’s no commitment, so you can always take a look! You can subscribe here.

 World Fest Online features performance and education content from three international music ensembles whose in-person tours have been postponed: Paulo Padilha e Bando from Brazil, Hadar Maoz from Israel, and Hikaru from Japan. Visit our website for free, downloadable materials including:

  • Concert, workshop, and documentary videos from each of the bands (15-40 minutes)
  • Study guides about Brazilian, Israeli, and Japanese culture and music
  • Activity guides corresponding to the videos

Funders + Supporters

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2019–2021 World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3Mgives, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, and BNSFRailway Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for Choor, and by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, and Music Port for Hadar Maoz. Hadar Maoz activities are also made possible with support from the Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Community Foundation.

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

Contact ArtsMidwest

Ken Carlson
Senior Program Director
612.238.8020
ken@artsmidwest.org

Katie Ortman
Program Associate
612.238.8004
katie.ortman@artsmidwest.org

MCKnight Fellowships for Media Artists — Accepting Applications until March 15

FilmNorth is now accepting applications for the McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. Four $25,000 fellowships will be awarded to Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Eligible applicants include directors and writers in film, television, and streaming; radio producers; and creative artists in web, computer/video games, and other emerging forms of media.

You can find all the info here:

Upcoming Grant and other Deadlines

Grants for Public Art — Due May 1

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Individual Artist Grants for $1,500 — Due February 10

The NWMAC is has extended our deadline for individuals to ask for $1,500 grants.  The deadline now is February 10! This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advice their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artists. Support for Individual Artist Grants comes from the McKnight Foundation.

Public Art Projects — Due February 10

The NWMAC would like to fund some public art projects.  Do you have experience with Public Art? Let us know by February 10 if you are interested in projects in our area.  We will be gathering information from interested artists, including examples of your work and budgets. We plan to share this information with interested organizations like cities and schools.  Let’s create some public art!

Arts Legacy Grants, Arts Project Grants and Arts Equipment for the Schools — Due March 1

There is a March 1 deadline for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants, as well as for Arts Equipment for the Schools.

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Sign

This year, the deadline for the NW MN Art Exhibit has been extended until April 15 due to June dates for the showcase.  The exhibit will take place in Warroad.  This allows more time for artists to create work.  The application is open online for you to submit work whenever you are ready.  The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until April 15, as well. 

Online Poetry Class — Triggering Poetic Inspiration

Where do poem ideas come from? Finding a way to sustain poetry writing beyond those first emotion-driven poems that we just have to write is often the challenge facing poets who have been writing for awhile. Using Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town as inspiration, poets will come out of this class with eight new poems, as well as some new tools for generating inspiration and ideas.

Triggering Poetic Inspiration (8 weeks):

January 11-March 4, 2021— $280

Registration deadlines: January 5. Ten spots available, first-come, first served.

Email northbeachwriters@gmail.com to register or visit the website for more information at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com/triggering-poetic-inspiration/

The class will be following along in The Triggering Town, by Richard Hugo. It is necessary that you have the book in order to take the class.

Topics covered in this 8-week course include:

Chapter 1: Writing off the Subject
Chapter 2: The Triggering Town
Chapter 3: Assumptions
Chapter 4: Teaching and Roethke
Chapter 5: Nuts and Bolts
Chapter 6: In Defense of Creative Writing Classes
Chapter 7: Statements of Faith
Chapter 8: Ci Vediamo (We See)